drag (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps(redirected from drag up by own bootstraps)
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drag (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps
To improve one's life or circumstances through one's own efforts, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to drag myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing. Whenever I hear someone say that poor people just need to drag themselves up by their own bootstraps, I remind them that a lot of people don't have boots.
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drag/pull yourself up by your (own) ˈbootstraps(informal) improve your situation yourself, without help from other people: Nobody helped her get where she is today — she pulled herself up by her own bootstraps.
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